In 2009 Berlin's most important cultural event, the Berlinale, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The retrospective features films from both sides of the Iron Curtain that presage the end of the Cold War. The International, a movie about the funding of war and terror, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and directed by German film-maker Tom Tykwer, opens the event. According to the organizers, the Berlinale enjoys the largest audience of any film festival in the world.
Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, opened the 2008 Berlinale.
The 15 feature titles include classics, such, as Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing (1987) and Helke Misselwitz's award-winning East German documentary After Winter Comes Spring (1988). The series also will include 14 short, animated and experimental films that explore life under totalitarian rule.
More than 19,000 film professionals from 120 countries, including 4,000 journalists, are accredited for the Berlin International Film Festival every year. Dec/08